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Scots aid worker charity in bid to help 20 Afghan students

A charity set up in memory of a Scots aid worker killed in Afghanistan hopes to get 20 Afghan medical students to Scotland to finish their studies. Linda Norgrove, from Lewis, was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2010 and died during an attempt to rescue her. Her parents set up a foundation in her name...


Five key moments in the crushing of Afghan women’s rights

“We are going to allow women to study and work within our framework. Women are going to be very active in our society,” the Taliban announced in their first press conference shortly after seizing power on 15 August 2021. Two years on, these assurances have been firmly demolished by the Taliban government’s actions. The suppression...


Afghan women escape for a chance at education

In her university room in Bangladesh, Nina, 19, holds her boxing gloves up to her face, staring into the mirror. She is learning to protect herself. She says there is no other way. Nina is one of hundreds of Afghan women who have taken up the offer of an education abroad, despite knowing they may...


Afghanistan: Taliban ban women from visiting popular national park

The Taliban government have banned women from visiting the Band-e-Amir national park in Bamiyan province. Afghanistan’s acting minister of virtue and vice, Mohammad Khaled Hanafi, said women had not been observing hijab inside the park. He called on religious clerics and security agencies to forbid women from entering until a solution was found. Band-e-Amir is...


Taliban stop female Afghan students leaving country to study in Dubai

“After the Taliban shut universities for women, my only hope was to get a scholarship which would help me study abroad,” says 20-year-old Afghan student Natkai. Natkai’s name has been changed for her own safety. The Taliban have cracked down hard on women who oppose them. Natkai says she kept studying even though there was...